Welcome Rev. Telcy and His Family
The Reverend Louis Telcy will begin serving this congregation on July 1st, as Pastor Merritt begins his retirement after eight years at RUMC. Please make Pastor Louis and his family feel welcome.
Our parsonage has been vacant for over two years, but soon our new clergy family will be moving in and re-occupying this home. Our trustees are working diligently to complete upgrades and repairs in time for the new family to move in during late June.
Because a family member has an allergy to carpet, the trustees are in the process of pulling up all the carpet in the parsonage and replacing carpet with linoleum floors. But this will cost money. Accordingly, the trustees are requesting special monetary gifts to help defray the cost of the carpet replacement. Offerings for this purpose should be made out to the Building Fund, and monies designated in this manner will be set aside to help make the transition of our new clergy family a smooth one.
Upcoming Worship Notes
We will celebrate our three high school and college graduates on Sunday, May 27th. This is also Memorial Day weekend Sunday. Don’t forget our veterans next Sunday.
On Sunday, June 3rd we will hold our last worship service before annual conference. That is the Sunday traditionally set aside to take a special Bishop’s offering to help fund one or more of the initiatives of the Florida Conference.
Sunday, June 10th will be Baptism Sunday. We will conduct baptisms and accept new members during a joint service on that day. (If you are ready to join our church family as a full member, now is the time to let the church office know.) The Care Committee and SPRC will also be sponsoring a retirement luncheon for Pastor Merritt immediately following the service.
Sunday, June 17th is not only Father’s Day, but it is Pastor Merritt’s final service with us.
On Sunday, June 24th, we will have a guest pastor—the Rev. Gary Hallam. Pastor Hallam serves as a clergyperson for Harvester UMC in Land ‘O Lakes, Florida.
RESTORE News and Notes
RESTORE continues to operate to help families in need in the Riverview area. In April, RESTORE provided food to 340 local families and help feed 1,100 people. We continue to receive surplus food from the USDA as well as from many local grocery stores (Save-A-Lot, Winn-Dixie, and Publix). RESTORE also distributes donated clothing and other items out of our thrift store and at quarterly yard sales. We serve our community on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM when both our food pantry and thrift store are open. We are constantly on the lookout for volunteers who can help with food pick-up, distribution, and thrift store management. Stop by our operation on Tuesday or Thursday morning if that appeals to you.
The next RESTORE Yard Sale has been approved for Saturday, June 9th. If you have yard sale items to donate, let us know prior to that Saturday.